Details of the Editor and Contributing Veterinary Surgeons

"Saving one animal may not change the world, but surely for that one animal the world will change forever!"

What is our vision?
We believe that all veterinary treatment, including wildlife surgery should be of the highest clinical standard, and based on the best scientific evidence. It should uphold the highest standards of animal welfare, even when of conservation importance, and have a good likelihood of a successful outcome. We believe that wildlife surgery should be audited to ensure optimum outcomes and welfare. In keeping with these goals wildlife surgery should aim to be as minimally invasive in nature and cost effective as possible. We believe that wildlife surgical procedures should be of a clear benefit to the animals, and not be undertaken in cases where less invasive or non-surgical treatments will bear equal or better results.

How do we go about this?
• By providing scientific information, educational material, and training to wildlife veterinarians needing to undertake surgery on wild animals
• By developing surgical techniques to improve outcomes and optimise animal welfare
• By assisting with donations of equipment needed for veterinarians undertaking wildlife surgery in the field
• By contributing to the scientific evidence base of veterinary surgical procedures and interventions through research and publication to improve outcomes and animal welfare
• By formulating guidelines and protocols on best clinical practice for wildlife surgery
• By auditing the welfare and surgical outcomes of wild animals undergoing procedures
• By formulating ethical guidelines in wildlife surgery and decision makingWe work with established charities, which we vet for animal ethics and welfare, and this also helps us ensure that good financial governance is in place to ensure every cent is used to best effect to help our wildlife patients.

Please do contact us if you if you would like to help us in this important work

Romain Pizzi BVSc MSc DZooMed MACVSc(surg) FRES FRGS  MRCVS is Specialist Surgeon at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Edinburgh Zoo, and Special Lecturer in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He performs referral minimally invasive surgery in zoo and wildlife species for several conservation organisations internationally. He is responsible for the veterinary care of the Scottish SPCA wildlife rehabilitation centre, and is a Director of Zoological Medicine Ltd. He has spent time training with leading human surgeons in a variety of surgical techiques. He is editor in chief of the internet portal for all aspects of minimally invasive surgery in animals. Romain is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine.

Contributing Veterinary Surgeons:
Jonathan Cracknell BVMS CertVA CertZooMed MRCVS is a Zoological Director in the United Kingdom, and a previous veterinary advisor to the BIAZA Elephant focus group. He has extensive experience in zoological and comparative veterinary anaesthesia, having working closely with human anaesthetists. He has a special interest in veterinary anaesthesia of all species of wildlife.

Yolanda Martinez Pereira LdaVet CertVC DipECVIM-CA MRCVS is a European recognised Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). She has a special interest in bronchoscopy and respiratory medicine, as well as in interventional cardiology ("keyhole" cardiac surgery). Former veterinary cardiologist at both Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities, she practices veterinary cardiorespiratory medicine in companion animals and exotic pets, as well as with zoo and wildlife species in Scotland.

Animal owners please note that we are NOT able to respond to requests for advice on individual cases. The information on this website does not replace the need for your to consult your own qualified veterinary surgeon.

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Contact us:
Zoological Medicine Ltd, Pitcorthie School House, Aberdour Road, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 4QY, Scotland, United Kingdom